Music concert

editorial image

A LIVELY event will help raise much-needed funds for a community centre when they visit Greatham next month.

People passing Greatham Community Centre could be forgiven for thinking they are in some exotic country when musical duo Mambo Jambo perform.

The multi-instruemntal duo are being brought to the village venue by the Rural Arts charity and Greatham Community Centre managers.

It is one of several similar events that have bene brought to the community centre to help raise vital money to bring it into the 21st Century.

Mambo Jambo combine influences from Cuba, Brazil, North America and Eastern Europe.

They have performed in Brazil, deepest Borneo and Cuba.

And on Saturday, November 16, they will perform at Greatham Community Centre.

Chloe Hampson, On Tour development manager for Rural Arts, which helped organise the event, said: “We were actually tipped off about Mambo Jambo by an audience member at another event and thought it would be a great event to get people in the party mood.”

Mambo Jambo features Frankie Banham on vocals and various instruments they have acquired on their travels from South American guitars and ukuleles to clarinets, flutes and even a suitcase as a percussive instrument.

The lease for the community centre in Front Street has now been transferred from the Hospital of God to Greatham Community Association Limited.

Association treasurer Brian Walker said: “This is one of a number of live music or theatre shows we have hosted and they are all to boost funds for the community centre.

“We have employed an architect to look at the work that needs doing which is quite substantial.”

Doors for Mambo Jambo open at 7pm and the show starts at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £10 and £8 for concessions by calling 07501 133461 or (01429) 870292.